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course, comine up in our next half hour. lot of people say they're waiting until the last minute to see how this is going to flo and how they're going to change their commute. >> all right, tracie. thanks. we're going to get tap lauren now with specifics on the closures. lauren, good morning. >> good morning. kat just showed us the closures already out there on the upper east side. we have some already out there in midtown. from 3:00 a.m.ntil 6:00 a.m., you have 5th avenue completely closed from 55th down to 47th as well as many cross streets in here between madison and 6th avenue. addition to that, everything will reopen at 6:00 a.m. so between 6:00 and 10:00, 5th avenue reopens and all those cross streets are reduced to one lane. son. there's still going to be a lot of traffic. at 10:00 a.m., everything shuts down again. at 2:00 p.m., we add madison avenue into the mise this entire area around st. patrick's cathedral is going to be shut down until after the prayer service tonight, which is at 6:45. it's scheduled to be out there until about 9:00 p.m. those entire midtown area will likely see a lot of gridlock
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today.ovit's the spot to avoid. head to the subways. things are looking pretty good for them. back to you. >> thank you very much. before he arrives here in new york, the pope will be making history in washington. david ushery has more on the pope's day. it'll be a busy one in our nation's capital. >> reporter: michael, darlene, from the president to the pe..le, pope francis likes to talk about points of encounter, engagement, both in a pastoral sense and also with a good warm handshake or a hug from a child. we saw all of it yesterday in s first full day in tre united states. from the moment he l t the diplomatic mission, where he was staying, school children out there, and he took a little extra time with them. then of course he heads to the white house, pulls up in that fiat, and the president and the first lady are beaming. he speaks in english out of a sign of respect. he'd been practicing for a while. then he hops into the pope mobile and moves through washington, d.c. to the delight of thousands.
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a little girl managed to get past the ba.icade, give him a t-shirt. he asked security to bring her to him. he met with his bishops. he did refer to them as his brother bishops, a more sobering talk, perhaps, but nevertheless trying to show solidarity. then of course he came here to where i am now, the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception for the canonization mass of father junipero serra. a bit controver al with native americans because they say he mistreated them in the past, but certainly a joyful celebration here marking the first canonization on u.s. soil. now, later today he heads to congress. he will address a joint meeting of congress. about 30% of congress identifies as catholic, but they don't all agree with him. so many will be listening to hear what he has to say, and of course he then heads to new york city later this afternoon, and i will be there with you. michael, darlene, back to you. obviously.
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i've told you too manytimes, your head is going to start to get a little big. >>ke med. thank you, i appreciate that. i actually do have kind o a big head. >> but he's right. you did a fantastic job. >> art's very nice. thank you. it was a huge team effort. everybody got it done, just like he's doing out there. 5:06 right now. some new jersey students are on the field trip of a lifetime. >> 22 students will be staying when pope francis addresses coqungress. thraey even brought along a cardboard cut-out of the pontiff. they're hoping to catch his attention if the m orcade drives past them. >> our hope is that he does what he did today after being in the basilica and just decide to wander out and go amongst the crowds. >> hopefully we get a chance to see him up close and meet him, but it's just a great opportunity to be here. >> again, the holy father's address to congress, this is unprecedented. it's at 10:00 this morning. you can watch it right on your phone. we'll have live coverage of pope
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francis' events on the air, line, also on the go. if your not ot home or in the office and you want to track his holiness, watch any time from anywhere. just download our nbc 4 new york app. we're learning more details about the breaking news we've been talking about from yemen. that's where two bombs rocked a mosque in sanaa during prayer services. witnesses say the second explosion was apparently aimed at people who were running from the first blast. reports say 29 people were killed. the bomb attack is believed to be related to the ongoing rivalry between isis and houthi rebels. new this morning, police are trying to find the man in this surveillance video. they say he opened fire on a passing car in brooklyn. take a close look. it happened earlier this month near sterling place in crown heights. police say the man fired several shots at the car. nobody was hurt. if you have information, giv police a call. and also ninew this morning, a man is now facing charges in the murder of a taxi driver in the bronx. police say 24-yea old nicholas
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shot and killed 39-year-old barry mamadou. police found mamadou's body inside his lincoln town car. they said he was shot in the head. his vehicle slamming into several other cars after that shooting. today we will hear from yogi berra's family members about the legacy he leaves behind. kerry barrett is here wthitht look at some of the memories and tributes to the yanke the legend. >> good morning, darlene. those tributing had been pouring in. the baseball great died tuesday at the age of 90. the director of the yogi berra museum said he d d at home of natural causes. this morning his family wilalmi speaking about his legacy. 'selt a news conference at 11:00 this morning in little falls, dw jersey, at the yogi berra museum. they will likely be laying o the funeral plans. however, "u today" is reporting that services are planned for tuesday in mont clair and he'll behiaid to rest next to his wife.
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the tributes have been coming in not only at the museum but people young and old have been opping by his old house. >> he reminded me of like a grandfather oroughle you would know in the family. >> the family released this statvment. it reads in part, while we mourn e loss of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, we know he's at peace with mom. we celebrate his remarkable life and are thankful he meant so much to so many. he will truly be missed. as you see here, the empire state building also paying tribute to yogi. it was lit up in yankee pinstripes. yogi berra, more orld series rings than any other player ten. he passed 69 years to the day of his major league baseball debut. >> incredible numbers there. kerry, thank you. 5:10 right now. ahead, it's a quick fix from apple. the upgrade you may need to download this morning. plus, with much of the city locked down, even simple things may not b possible. why some parents will be waking up a lot earlier than they're used to.
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plus, weather and traffic on the 4s. a loo at he brooklyn bridge.
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5:14 right now. we want to check the weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, this is officially your first papal forecast. >> that's right. >> pope is within 12 hours of getting here. >> the time is now. >> you better make it holy. >> i'm glad we didn't have to deviate from this. it looked good several days away. looks just as good now. it's beautiful weather out there today. the great weather will continue for the pope's visit. it's dry, it's comfortable. temperatures actually may come down a little bit by tomorrow, but still very nice. it gets breezy and windy at times over the weekend, but it looks like we're free of rain once again. city island, 63. in the city, we're at 62. 40s north and west. cold spot is morristown at 41. 46 in poughkeepsie. heavier jackets and sweaters needed there. but again, by the afternoon,
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over the shoulder or left somewhere because it'll be i j the 70s to near 80 degrees. nothing going on nearby in terms of interesting weather, if you will. just a few high clouds drifting underneath us this hour. generally a clear sky. that's why we anticipate another superb day with sunshine. high temperature this afternoon about 81 degrees. into tonight, some clouds start to roll in. we'll call it partly cloudy. 63 in midtown. 40s and 50s in most of the suburbs. during the day tomorrow, it gets a little windier at times and breezy in the afternoon. still very comfortable if you're going to ba outside trying to get a view of the pope as he moves around town. 75 the expected high tomorrow. it comes down a little bit, but 75 is still above the normal. in terms of the pope's arrival, 78 degrees with dry conditions. on his route to st. patrick's, looking good. temperatures in the hid mid-70s. tomorrow we may start to bring in a few more clouds. for the weekend, we have that onshore flow. it'll be windy, especially along the coast.
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a lot of clouds around, limited sunshine. looks like the rain is going to stay to the s th and east. then the wind goes more southwest early next week. by tuesday and wednesday, we're right back into above-normal temperatures and warming it up into the 80s again. so we're around 80 today. mid-70s tomorrow with a few more clouds in the mix. windy through the weekend with variably cloudy skies both saturday and sunday. temperatures in the low and mid-70s. monday the same at 73. look at that jump in temperature tuesday and wednesday with partly to mostly sunny skies. highs both days around 80. lauren scala has the commute for you right now. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. we'll start with the accidents out there right now at this mo anment.boover on truck route y1-9 just past doremus a nue in the northbound lanes, there's one in the right lane. heading to route 17 in paramus just south of century road, an accident in the right lane. things are still moving along nicely. i know a lot of you have questions about the closures. 5th avenue should be reopened at about 6:00 a.m. they're s sotarting to move the so rricades off, but it is still
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and 48th street. then 1st avenue also closed. the u.n. is just over here. the underpass will remain open from 41st up to 48th. but first avenue is closed from 42nd up to 48th street. so definitely spots to avoid. it's going to be a tough commute. if you're getting on the trains right now, downtown 4 and 6 tr ns running express from 125th street to 42nd street. otherwise subways and major commuter lines look good. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended today. >> lauren, thank you. 5:17 right now. breaking news this morning in saudi arabia. at least 220 people died in a stampede outside the muslim holy city of mecca. 450 more people are injured. this comes as an estimated 2 million muslims mre making their annual pilgrimage to mecca. hundreds of re cue vehicles are responding to the scene. stay with us throughout the morning for updates. 5:17 now and to the papal visit. we've been showing you the
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tight security has some parents woering how they're going to get their kids to school. lori, this is a challenge some parents may not have expected to find, but here it is. >> reporter: it certainly is. we just got a little bit of good news. the nypd opening up fifth avenue here from 6:00 this morning until 10:00. you can see out here they've begun to move a lot of barriers to the sidewalk. you can see that eight-foot fence still up here along fifth avenue. that's going to remain up there throughout the next two days. so many people expected out here today. the pope will arrive at about 6:30 tonight for evening mass. as lauren mentioned earlier, there will be a lot of closure, not just for cars, but pedestrians as well. if you are coming out to view the motorcade, ticketholders can enter here, 49th, 50th, 52nd, and 54th streets. we just talked to a cab driver a
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moment ago. needless to say, he's less than thrilled. >> i'm almost at the end of my shift. i'm happy about that, you know. >> are you worried for the next two days driving? >> i'm probably going to take the two days off. too much stress. >> reporter: keep in mind if you are coming out here today, selfie sticks are banned. also, large packages, large backpacks. you can get the entire list on our website at nbcnewyork.com. darlene and michael, back to you. >> okay, lori. thank you very much. in today's cnbc money report, apple has already released a new update to the new operating system it unveiled last week. the update aims to fix several bugs found. the operating system had caused some mobile devices to crash. other users reported alarms and timers not working or losing cellular data. 5:19 right now. still to come, the performance of a lifetime. a local high school preparing to greet the pope with a song. and the pope's visit is big business.
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live look here at the belt parkway by jfk airport. we're a little under 12 hours away from pope francis' arrival. here in the city, francis-themed merchandise is here. hopefully respectful. some vendors in times square are now selling t-shirts and buttons with the holy father's picture. some are selling figurines with a waving papal hand. a portion of these proceeds are going to unicef. it's going to be interesting to see all the papal memorabilia. >> yes, there's a coconut stand on the corner at penn station around 33rd. iblg the i believe the coconuts will have the hats on them for tomorrow's visit. >> trying to keep it respectful, right. he's the holy father, for
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>> just don't put a straw in the coconut. and the weather is respecting the pope. that's for sure. beautiful weather as we head on into this day. starting out on the chilly side with a clear sky. 50s in the nearby burbs. quick warmup. back to the 70s and low 80s this afternoon. about 81 the expected high. gets a little breezy by tomorrow. tonight, 63 degrees, partly cloudy, comfortable. again, 40s and 50s in some of the suburbs. a few more clouds in the mix tomorrow. very nice for people trying to grab a glimpse of the pope. >> people will be out there for hours. very comfortable weather. >> wear comfortable shoes. thankfully mass transit, we have extra trains for tomorrow. but today everything is on its regular schedule. thankfully it's all running on schedule. we had some issues on the 4 and 6 train. that cleared up. everything doing great so far. we'll take a live look outside at the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel. very, very quiet out there. the holland tunnel and george washington bridge are also pretty empty. no delays heading into the
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tolls. later on in the day, there's a lot of commercial vehicle restrictions in manhattan. so a lot of trucks are going to be avoiding the lincoln tunnel and holland tunnel. i think they'll go to the george washington bridge to bypass the city. a lot of delays there later on. >> all right, lauren. thank you. >> > just ahead, team coverage of pope francis' visit to new york city. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live on the upper east side where so many people are surprised by the security measures already in place many hours ahead of pope francis' arrival. we'll tell you what's different between his stay here and pope benedict's stay. that's coming up. >> reporter: and the commute is still the concern as we count down to the papal visit. i'm tracie strahan live at penn station with more on a new report that actually studied the best way to get around. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
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right now we're prepared for an historic day. pope francis will arrive in new york in a matter of hours. and this morning a closer look at what will happen when the holy father gets here and the facelift that took place in manhattan as you were sleeping. and a new report out that shows how the visit will impact
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hundreds of thousands of commuters. good morning, everyone. 5:28. it's thursday morning, september 24th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris cimino is here with the forecast. hopefully the weather is going to cooperate. heading our way. yesterday we made it back up to 80 degrees. we hit that again this afternoon. it's chilly early on this morning. a lot of 40s. howell, 48. in and closer to the city, better. 60 in white plains. 50s across most of long island. the day planner, plan on a day that features plenty of sunshine. for the pope's arrival later on this afternoon, should be in the upper 70s. we're forecasting a high of about 81 degrees. good news in the weather department. let's see how it's shaping up in the traffic department. >> well, if you're hitting the roads in the suburbs, everything looks good out there. we're going to take a live look outside at the boroughs. we have construction out there. the manhattan-bound side of the span still shut down as well as
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lanes on the bqe. let's talk about the closures. fifth avenue shut down in midtown. first avenue shut down around the u.n. these are scheduled to reopen -- fifth avenue should reopen about 6:00 a.m. i'll have the details and how you'll be affected coming up. back to you. >> lauren, thank you. 5:29 right now. we're now less than 12 hours until pope francis lanz in new york city. overnight fences and barricades sprang up around manhattan in anticipation of the pope's arrival. much of the city is being locked down for this historic 40-hour trip. we have team coverage this morning. we're covering every angle of the pope's visit. a look at the transformation of the city, the impact on commuters. we begin with katherine creag with a look at exactly what the pope will do when he arrives. >> reporter: and we're learning from security officials here in the townhouse where pope francis will be staying, we're zooming in right now. there will be no tent extending from the front door to the street.
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when he stayed here, but i'm told pope francis who wants people who might be gathered here to see him. he'll likely wave at them. you never know, he might go into the crowd and shake hands. at 5:00 this afternoon, that's when pope francis arrives at kennedy airport. 200 people will be there, including catholic school children and clergy. the pope will travel by helicopter, arriving at the wall street heliport. he'll be at st. patrick's cathedral around 6:30, 6:45 for evening prayers. the pope is scheduled to depart st. patrick's cathedral 7:45 in the evening and travel to the upper east side to the papal nuncio, where he'll stay for two nights. all over manhattan there is so much security in place because the pope is covering so much ground through saturday morning. we saw police commissioner bratton during a security run through at st. patrick's cathedral. on the upper east side, a gentleman we just talked with minutes ago absolutely surprised by the amount of security already in place as he tried to deliver newspapers.
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i got to walk from park avenue all the way to building four. >> you didn't expect it to be closed like this? >> no, huh-uh. >> reporter: we want to show you a live look of the police officers who are already here. the thing is, a lot of people expected madison and 72nd street actually fifth avenue through park avenue closed off, off limits to the public. only police officials and members of the media are allowed here. back to you. >> so i guess that's a couple blocks away. we just heard that gentleman say he was moved around. are you seeing a little more of that at this hour, or is this area so big you haven't been able to see people diverted from your vantage point? >> reporter: we've seen some joggers. they're free to move around madison avenue. it's just no one can walk on 72nd street, or drive. some people have been able to walk on the sidewalk. it seems like they're trying to avoid this area because there are so many police officers here. at least traffic right now open on madison avenue. but it'll be closed down soon enough. back to you.
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>> all right, kat. thank you. 5:32 now. this morning there's a new study out that takes a look at how the pope's visit will impact people trying to get around the city. obviously it's a big impact. tracie strahan is at penn station this morning. people make the commute, get into penn station, then they face a whole new set of challenges. >> reporter: they're already starting to feel some of the restrictions this morning. we spoke to some people who said it's a little lighter traffic and activity. even though we're parked here now, the streets around penn station will be shut down come midnight. they're urging mass transit and have been for weeks. that report you talked about, it says that's still probably the best option. this was a report compiled by nyu's center for transportation about the papal visit, believe it or not. it says that penn station should still be able to handle a spike in ridership because of the papal visit. but the lirr, new jersey transit, and the subways all still adding more trains,
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mass in madison square guard onnen -- garden on friday. even though penn station is a little emptier than usual, commuters we spoke with are already noticing changes. >> they've already got it barricaded, very difficult to get a car, to take me to penn station today. i expect the subways to be absolutely horrific tomorrow. >> to put it mildly. >> it's going to be horrible. i mean, i've seen when they've had the president in town, and this is probably twice as bad. >> reporter: despite the extra service that's going to be beefed up because of the papal visit, there's more concern for people that have to use penn station tomorrow, specifically because of that papal mass, michael. there's going to be specific door for people to get into the garden we've heard about. again, this is going to happen right at the heart of the evening rush and on a friday. so a lot of people wondering how they're going to get their way around this area. back to you.
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madison square garden. tracie, thank you very much. let's get to lauren now. specifics about the closures. seems like they came in earlier maybe in some cases than we thought. >> right, especially on the upper east side. that 72nd street closure wasn't supposed to be out there until 8:00 a.m. it's there and even really larger than we expected. so be prepared for closures at any time. i think that's the best that we can do and expect. so let's talk about closures out there right now in midtown. until 6:00 a.m., it should reopen, but on fifth avenue everything is shut down from 55th to 47th. all the cross streets in the area are closed between madison and sixth. the cross streets will reopen as well, but they'll be reduced to one lane. it's still going to be really tough to get across town. i recommend avoiding this area altogether. then 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. tonight, this will all shut down again. at 2:00 p.m., we add madison
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avenue to the closures. all around st. patrick's cathedral, not the place you want to be. there's a pedestrian restriction at about 5:45 tonight by st. patrick's cathedral. no foot traffic through there. we also have the u.n. general assembly closures. the fdr drive is subject to closure tonight. that's to get the pope from downtown over to st. patrick's for that prayer service. so it will not be an easy ride on the east side or in midtown. tomorrow is going to be a lot worse since he'll be traveling all over manhattan. back to you. >> okay, lauren. good advice. thank you. a school in east harlem put the finishing touches on its papal performance. students at our lady queen of angels school held a dress rehearsal. 24 kids were selected from across the diocese that will meet with the holy father there tomorrow. they've spent weeks preparing. they'll sing a song to pope francis and present him with a spiritual bouquet. it's made up of messages from
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thousands of students who can't be there in person. >> i think it's an honor for me to get to give a book to pope francis and to be able to represent all the schools in the diocese of new york. >> the students will likely be speaking to the pope about the environment and how they are learning to care for it. four principals are also expected to meet with the holy father. meanwhile, the kids in another local school are getting ready for their musical performance for the holy father. >> the 44 musicians in the jazz band will be playing when pope francis lands at kennedy airport today. they also performed for pope benedict during his new york city trip in 2008. >> and from the moment he lands, we'll have live coverage of the pope's events on the air, online, and on the go. if you're not at home or in the office, you can watch any time, anywhere. just download the nbc 4 new york
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now the breaking news. a stampede in saudi arabia as millions are making that holy pilgrimage to mecca. the death toll said to be in the hundreds. kerry barrett is in the newsroom. kerry, what happened? >> not a lot of information right now, but here's what we know so far. some new pictures, in fact, just into the newsroom. it happened this morning on the outskirts of the holy city of mecca in saudi arabia. we should have a map to show exactly where this is. there we go. we know that at least 220 people are dead, at least 450 injured after this stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage. there are about 2 million people taking part in this year's hajj. it actually began on tuesday. here's the pictures that i was talking about. some of the injured. it's already been deadly. at least 111 people died when a crane collapsed into the grand mosque. that was during bad weather. saudi officials say they're working furiously to prevent further panic along the procession route. again, what we know this morning, as it relates to this
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stampede, at least 220 people dead, 450 injured. more, of course, as we get it. michael? >> all right. kerry, thank you very much. as new york city gears up for the pope's arrival, there's a new effort to help the homeless. the archdiocese of new york will house up to 150 homeless people. it is part of a bigger initiative called opening doors. it encourages religious leaders to provide safe haven beds for those who need them. >> what we have found through real experience is that a smaller, more intimate, more supportive setting will actually draw people off the streets and to where they can get help. >> the beds will be at archdiocese own facilities across the city. they're hoping to have an extra 500 beds by this winter. right now police are releasing sketches of three people who are wanted in an alleged hate crime in midtown. they allegedly yelled anti-gay slurs at a 27-year-old woman who was having dinner with her
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this happened inside a second avenue restaurant earlier this month. police say they threw the victim to the ground, dragged her across the floor, and took off. police confiscated laundry bags filled with synthetic marijuana after a raid in the bronx. the nypd, the dea, and homeland security worked together to haul as much as 2 million bags of k-2 from a home. authorities say the bust was a continuation from a k-2 takedown last week. there's no word yet of any arrests. happening today, ten more suspects are due in court in section with the hazing death of a baruch college student. chun michael den died two years ago during a hazing ritual in the poconos. today ten fraternity members will be arraigned on charges of hindering apprehension, hazing, and criminal conspiracy. police plan to arrest 37 men in all. five of them are expected to face murder charges. it's 5:40 right now. just ahead, the message to parents about what to expect
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plus, the painting princes. coming up later, why prince william and prince harry put in some good hard work together, and it's for a really good cause. and we're officially in fall. but don't expect a big cooldown any time soon. your weather and traffic on the
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welcome back. 5:43. looking at the hamilton bridge. 62 degrees on this fall morning. time for weather and traffic as we come up on 5:44. good morning, chris. >> michael is being quiet, isn't he? >> no, i was just looking at the hamilton bridge. >> dpif you the little nod there. >> he gave me his nod of approval. >> it's a nice bridge. everybody loves that area. in the meantime, everybody pretty much i think loves this weather. we've got beautiful temperatures heading our way again with low humidity this afternoon with lots of sunshine. as we go through time, the temperatures may come down a little bit, but we're going to stay above normal. that's the bottom line around here. 62 degrees, clear. we're probably going to stay clear all day too. i think tomorrow we start to introduce just a few more clouds in the picture.
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really, great weather continues for the pope's visit. it will be dry, it will be comfortable. gets a little breezy at times tomorrow to windy at times over the weekend. the weekend looks to be dry. looks like that rain threat probably stays offshore. if you've been thinking it's been a warm september, you're right on. so far this year, we are at a rate to be the warmest september ever on record in central park with an average temperature of 75.9. next closest was 1961, almost 2.5 degrees behind that. meantime, the long-range forecast for the next 6 to 14 days, pretty high confidence we're going to see a continuation of above-normal temperatures in really eastern half of the country. we could very well be setting a record. meantime, stanford this morning is cool at 49. greenwich at 58. go across the island, generally 50s. 41 in morristown. big spread in temperatures from suburb to city.
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another beautiful afternoon. we all warm up into the 70s and low 80s with lots of sunshine out there. tonight, just patchy clouds start to roll in. torment a little breezy to windy at times. comfortable if you're going to be trying to find the pope somewhere and catch a glimpse. 75 degrees looks like high for tomorrow. for tonight into the evening hours, we're looking at 76 degrees. nice conditions. during the day tomorrow, about 8:30, united nations, 64. a little cool there. around 70 at the 9/11 memorial. heading to east harlem, about 74 in central park. that should be nice too at 73 degrees. seven-day forecast does show we get more clouds in the picture here by the time we get to saturday. again, we'll keep the rain away. there will be a little sun maybe peeking through saturday. windy, especially up against the coast. 74 saturday, 73 sunday. a lot of clouds, gusty winds,
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but it warms up again next week. tuesday and wednesday back to sunshine and highs of around 80 degrees. let's see if there are any trouble spots out there early this morning. lauren? >> no big accidents on the roads. we like that. let's talk about some of the mass transit changes for today, especially bus detours. plenty of them over the next few days. for today, the m-1 through m-5, m-15, m-42, m5q and q-32 will see detours. new jersey transit right now, everything on or close to schedule. let's head to your commuter checklist. all moving along nicely as well as the subways. tomorrow your major commuter lines will be offering you extra service in and out of the city to try to help ease with the crowding. and we'll talk about the roads right now. fifth avenue still shut down for just a little bit longer. first avenue will remain shut down throughout the day there because of the u.n. general
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assembly. in midtown. that'll reopen about 6:00 a.m. the ferries running on or close to schedule. east river ferry is expecting delays for the evening commute. the pier 11 wall street stop will have sporadic closures. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you very much, lauren. 5:47 now. now to impact from pope francis' fences line fifth avenue. the tight security has some parents wondering how they'll even get their kids to school. lori bordonaro is in midtown. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, i can tell you right now many of the side streets are very busy because of the overnight closures that have been in effect here along fifth avenue. the good news is fifth avenue will be reopening in about 15 minutes at 6:00 this morning through 10:00 a.m. that's going to happen in just a little while. take a look though. security will still continue to be tight out here. you can see nypd out here as well as that eight-foot fence
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this all in anticipation of the pope's arrival later this evening. he'll be at st. patrick's cathedral for mass at 6:45. thousands of people expected to line the streets to get a glimpse of the holy father. some of the many things you'll not be able to bring here, selfie sticks. they're banned along with large packages, aerosol sprays, bicycles, any signs here can only be printed on cardboard or cloth. a lot of security measures to follow as well as detours. i just spoke to a cab driver earlier pep earlier. he told me going to work is not worth the hassle. >> i'm almost at the end of my shift. i'm happy about that. >> are you worried for the next two days driving? >> i'm probably going to take the two days off. too much stress. i don't need it. >> reporter: any ticketholders who come out here to view the pope's motorcade can only enter
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from 49th, 50th, 52nd. all of that information on our website. >> thank you very much, lori. chinese president xi jinping flies to washington today where president obama will host a state dinner. on wednesday, xi met with some important business leaders in seattle. president xi promising them that he would open chinese markets. meanwhile, many business leaders called on china to protect american trade secrets. president obama and xi will likely discuss the problem of cyber snooping on american industry. and edward snowden will be speaking out, but it will be here in new york and by satellite from moscow. snowden is planning to urge leaders meeting at the u.n. to pass a new international treaty. it would protect whistle blowers and oppose government surveillance. snowden's release of secret nsa documents revealed the extent of intelligence gathering by the u.s. in queens, investigators are trying to figure out what caused a bus crash that left eight special needs passengers injured. chopper 4 was over the scene
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just after 3:00 p.m. yesterday. the bus collided with a car at wood haven boulevard and 81st street in forest hills. the victims were treated for cuts and bruises at the hospital. no one was arrested. new this morning, officials in california say that wildfire that's burning north of san francisco has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. that wildfire and another in northern california are now 80% contained, but at least six people have died in those two fires. nearly 2,000 structures have been destroyed. that's just some of the video that just showed how intense were. >> they really have been. >> and still are, we should say. still to come, it's one of history. in just a few minutes, we could get some big answers. and it turns out even princes are not immune from a little sibling rifle valry. how they turned competitive during a volunteer project. don't forget, follow us on you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. we are waiting to hear from italy, where there could be an important development about the woman in this painting, mona lisa. we could find out what her real name is. scientists have been working on this.
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that's where leonardo da vinci painted his famous masterpiece. they were looking for the remains of a woman who may be mona lisa. my three italian-american friends here, we have history happening. >> see, i didn't realize that. she worked around the corner from d.a. da vinci. >> she used to make him espresso. >> only you three could get away with that. >> i didn't say cannoli. i said espresso. meantime, if you're you want that espresso this morning. it's cool. but back to the cool drink later. a good 30 to 35-degree temperature swing. 81 in town, beautiful day with a pleasant breeze. again, 40s and 50s in the suburbs for tonight. for tomorrow, a few more clouds mixed with sunshine. temperatures in the 70s. can't complain. no rain to worry about.
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>> all right. sounds good, chris. thank you. lauren? >> plenty of street closures to worry about. obviously ones in midtown right now that should be reopening any minute. the street closures on the east side for the u.n. general assembly will remain shut throughout the day. first avenue closed from 42nd to 48th as well as a lot of the cross streets. fdr drive is subject to closure really during the evening commute tonight. around 5:00 or 6:00 northbound and southbound they could shut down the entire road there. let's look outside at the roads. the gowanus expressway extremely crowded. i think a lot of people are trying to get to where they need to go on the early side. you can see a lot of trucks out there as well. again f you're going to be heading into the city, hopefully take the train today but leave yourself a lot of extra time. >> everyone here as a brother, in fact, except me. but if you think you're the only kids with sibling rivalries, wait until you see this. britain's prince william and prince harry helped renovate homes.
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veterans. harry put some concrete in place. competition. >> harry was laying paving stones. painting. harry wasn't pleased with his painting, so he touched it up. a bit of a rivalry there. >> before the royal brothers jumped into this big project, william, the future king, said to harry, game on. so it's great to see. they have done, especially british veterans. >> they certainly have. a lot of humanitarian work. coming up next, we're counting down to pope francis' arrival in new york. we have live team coverage on what you can expect today ahead of the papal visit. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you and keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york." during blinds to go's early fall savings sale, save 20 to 30% on all the season's latest looks in cellular shades and cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go.
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york, in less than 11 hours. live pictures from the upper east side, where new street closures are in effect. live team coverage with everything you need to know this morning. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it is thursday morning, september 24th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to check in with chris cimino. the weather so crucial today with all that's hamming. >> and it's looking good. no complaints. no problems. looks like it'll be clear sky, light breeze. temperatures starting out a little cool this morning but warming up nicely this ternoon. at 63 in astoria, one of the warmer spots. emerson at 49. 46 in poughkeepsie. asur chilly as 41 in morristown. jackets and sweater particularly in the suburbs early on. by afternoon, won't be needing them. another day featuring sunshine. ok at noontime. 77 beautiful degrees. the rest of the forecast coming up. right now an update on the commute.
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roads are still moving along nicely. some congestion in some areas. we'll look at the bqe, which is pretty back up getting into the area of the brooklyn brhdge. they just cleared construction out there. already plenty of people on the roads. if you're getting on the rails, all good news from there. metro north, lirr, nj transit and path all running on or close to schedule. today it is normal service in place. so far, so good. more coming up in a bit. back to you. >> lauren, thank you. >>ne> 6:01 right non. this morning the holy father wierll wrap np the first leg of his u.s. tsmr wite a speech before congress. >> the pope will then bless a lunch for the poor and homeless before heading here to new york. >> wefbegin with katherine creag on the upper east side wit what's planned. >> reporter: just being hereor the last several da , peoplel who have lived here for a long
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time, they expected an incredible ahisnt oh security, buact even they are surprised by how many officers are here. secret rvice, nypd way ahead of the pope's arrival. 5:00 this afternoon, that is when he arrives to kennedy airport. approximately 200 people will be there. catholic school children, also clergy. the hope will travel by helicopter. he'll be at st. patrick's cathedral around 6:30, 6:45 for evening prayers. the pope is scheduled to depart st. patrick's cathedral 7:45 in the evening and travel to the upper east side here where we are to the papal nuncio, where he'll st for two nights. almol over manhattan there's so much security in place because the pope is covering so much ground through saturday morning. security checks, walk throughs have taken place. residents on the upper east side surprised by the road closures already in effect. happening now, the amount of police officers on the ground as ll.mathey're telling us they're
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surprised it's already here, way ahead of the poem pe f's arrival. >> is it already crazy where you live? >> it's starting to get very crazy, yet. my w hee was setting off for work two he'r normally than she would because everythi ais cloiesed down. >> are you surprised by the vel of security already in place? >> very surprised. >> reporter: and people expected road closures here in this immediate area. street. but darlene and michael, a huge portion of east 72ndo treet closed off between fifth avenue and park avenue. >> katherine, thank you very much. >> lori bordonaro is in midtown. what's the situation there? >> reporter: michael and darlene, we're here on fifth avenue. a few blocks away from st. patrick's cathedral. right now fifth avenue is still shut down. any moment nne they're going to reopen fifth avenue from 56th to 74th street through the morning rush hour. it will close back down at 10:00
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this morning. you can see here security is quite tight. nypd out here getting ready to move these cones so some of the traffic ca pass down through here by st. patrick's cathedral. there were also workers out there in the background you can see putting up that eight-foot fence because the security here is so tighe. so many people here expected today. e pope will arrive at st. patrick's cathedral at about 6:30 tonight for evening mass. there will be a lot of closures around here, not just for cars, but for pedestrians as well. if you are coming out to view the motorcade, keep in mind ticketholders can enter on 49th, 50th, 52nd, and 54 e streets. a lot to remember as we continue throughout this day today. we just talked to a couple people earlier heading to work. heinre's whathey told us. traffic is fine. for now. >> it's just like a pope cage match. this is great. >> wait, wait. are you concerned about it? >> no. no at all.
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all, but it'll be fun. >> reporter: not so much fun for cab drivers. i actually spoke to a cab driver earlier who told me it's not worth the ha >>ssle.owhe plans to take off the rest of the day today and tomorrow as well. back to you. >> all right. a challenge for some people. thanks very much. papal visit being called the largest security challenge ever for the nypd. >> chief investigative reporter jonathan dienst is on the upper east side with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're joined by the police commissioner and the new york director of the secret service who are in charge of keeping the city safe during the pope's visit. commissioner, what are you expecting today? >> expecting a great day. celebratory day, a lot o f planning gone into it on our end with the secret service lead. it's going to be a great day for new yorkers and a great day for the pope. >> reporter: with the secret service, special challenges with this pope who likes to be among
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threats, but there are threats and concerns. we evaluate threats very day. we work very, very closely with the new york city poli department, the fbi, with the inteiligence community. and there is no credible threat directed at the papal visit or the united nations genera assembly. >> reporter: and the open-air vehicles, not as many tents for him to walk through. public is going to be able to see him. how tough does that make your job? >> there's no better agency more skilled than the secret service when it comes to close otection. we are planned, trained, exer ised for every scenario. we're very premared here. as we've seen, it's going quite well. >> reporter: commissioner, for you, the officers, the number of vehicles, the steps that have been taken, describe what we're going to see and how it's going to impact commuters in the city today. >> we believe the security as itld
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thcae numbers of officers, particularly for friday. in terms of traffic, people are just going to have to avoid bringing cars into this area oh manhattan. it's just not going to work. take the subways, walk if you ca n. stay tuned to television, radio for advisories. all these events are well planned, but you have to be prepared the public sould be mindful that particularly with the u.n. delegates moving around, i think we have close to 100 of them in already, and their convoys are going to start moving around manhattan also. >> reporter: and the security posture, lump in the throat or you're having fun out here? >> no, quite frankly, we're going to enjoy it along with the public. security is our primary reecsponsibility, but whatnot to not to enjoy about this. it's historic. i have nothing but great memories. i expect to have nothing but great memories from this event.
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>> reporter: commissioner, rector, thank you for taking the time out. back to you in the studio. >> all right, jonathan. thank you very much. you hear the commissioner and secret service director saying it's a huge undertaking, but they really have it under control. >> absolutely. and you heard both men talk about some of the security closings. you've been reporting on that. they're extensive. >> that's right. i have the u.n. closures behind me. a lot of them on the east side. the underpass on first avenue will remain open. you can head that way, but just go to 41st street and you'll pop out above that. i still actually don't recommend you go that way. fdr drive, we could see closures today northbound at south ferry, southbound by 63rd street, especially once the pope lands at the helipad downtown. they're going to need to come up the fdr drive. that's during the evening commute. your best bed would be to take the trains today. like lori was saying, a lot of the closures in midtown should be reopening any second.
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the cross streets will still be reduced to one lane. as far as the buses go, there are a bunch of detour the m-1 through the m-5, m-15, m-34, m-42, m-50, and q-32. if you want to take the ferries, they're a great alternate option this week. expecting delays for east river ferry. that's for the activity at the helipad. otherwise things look good. throughout the day they'll continue to get more complicated. >> lauren, thank you very much. coming up on 6:10. pope francis has a busy day in washington even before he leaves for the city. >> david ushery is in the nation's capital with more on the first leg of the holy father's visit. >> reporter: michael, darlene, from the president to the people, pope francis likes to talk about points of encounter, engagement, both in a pastoral
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handshake or a hug from a child. we saw all of it yesterday in his first full day in the united states. from the moment he left the diplomatic mission where he was staying, school children out there, and he took a little extra time with them. then he heads to the white house, pulls up in that fiat, t and the president and first lady are beaming. he speaks in english out of a sign.of respect. he'd been practicing for a while. then he hops into the pope mobile and moves through washington, d.c. to the delight of thousands. a little girl managed to get past the barricade, give him a t-shirt. he asked security to bring her to him. he met with his bishops. he did refer to them as his brother bishops, a more sobering talk, perhaps, but nevertheless trying to show solidarity. then he care here me here to where i am now, the basilica for the canonization mass for father junipero serra.
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a bit controversial with native americans because they say he mistreated them in the past. certainly a joyful celebration here marking the first canonization on u.s. soil. later today he heads to congress. he'll address a joint meeting of congress. about 30% of congress identifies as catholic, but they don't all agree with him. many will be listening to what he has to say. he then heads to new york city later this afternoon, and i will be there with you. michael, darlene, back to you. >> we appreciate that, david. we have live coverage of today's papal events on air and online. if you can't get to a tv or computer, you can still watch any time and from anywhere. just download the news 4 new york nbc 4 new york app. >> up next, weather and traffic. two of the most important thingings on this day. >> indeed. temperatures cool this morning and chilly. when the pope arrives later this afternoon, we're looking at sunshine and a temperature in the mid to upper 70s.
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we'll have the rest of the forecast for the pope's visit and our weekend outlook when
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welcome back. 6:14, thursday morning. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. >> good morning. thankfully this is an easy go with a lot of people planning on being outside the next couple days. weather picture cooperating nicely. beautiful weather continues. the pope's visit will be dry, comfortable. gets a little breezy at times tomorrow and into the weekend. looks like the weekend will stay dry. in terms of temperatures, where back around 80. similar conditions to what we afternoon. starting out a little cool. 56 in hoboken. 4i 41 in morristown. bit of a chilly start, but you'll warm up quickly once the sun comes up. storm tracker shows we're basically in the clear. just a few high clouds from time to time may drift in, especially
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the further south you go. a gorgeous day lies ahead. for the pope's visit at st. patrick's this evening, in fine shape. 76 degrees and dry. gradually the temperatures come up a little bit. not quite as warm tomorrow. as you head to late afternoon, his visit to east harlem, 74. we'll have a few more clouds in the sky tomorrow but not bad at all. a bit of a breeze too. we're on a roll. it continues today. tonight, 63 in the city. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. the weekend picture, an onshore flow and a busy one at that. up against the coast, it will be fairly windy. there will be a storm sitting offshore. we think the rain stays offshore. it'll keep the temperatures down in the low and mid-70s. quite windy at times. could be a beach erosion issue later saturday or sunday. however, look at the wind direction. southwest tuesday and wednesday. that warms those temperatures back up to 80, if not a little better. so 81 today.
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back to the mid-70s tomorrow. it's dry throughout. a little breezy tomorrow afternoon. windy over the weekend with clouds around. a little bit of sun here or there. back to increasing sunshine and a little warmer tuesday and wednesday. let's get back to lauren scala. she's got the latest on the commute. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. street closures in midtown manhattan are no longer out there with the exception of 50th and 51st street between fifth and madison. right now fifth avenue has reopened. the cross streets as well, but they are reduced to just one lane of traffic. it will still be a rough ride heading across town. but everything is scheduled to shut down again at 10:00 a.m. it's only open from 6:00 to 10:00. then they also add madison avenue around 2:00. not going to be an easy ride through here. plenty of detours on the buses because of this. the m-1 through m-5, m-15, m-34, m-42, and m-50 are affected today. if you are parking today, alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended.
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we're going to show you a quick live look outside at the george washington bridge, where delays are starting to build. about five to ten minutes into the toll there is. around the same at the lincoln tunnel. the holland is at five minutes or less. again, just leave yourself some time. this will be very congested as the day goes on. back to you. >> lauren, thank you. 6:17 right now. breaking news out of saudi arabia. the death toll rising from that stampede just outside of mecca. 310 are now reported killed. 450 said to be hurt. this is happening during the annual hajj or pilgrimage. that's when millions of the muslim faithful descend on mecca. police say 24-year-old nicholas sanchez is the passenger who shot and killed 39-year-old barry mamadou early monday morning. police found mamadou's body inside his lincoln town car. they say he was shot in the head. his taxi slamming into several
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happening today, the family of yogi berra will be speaking about his legacy at his museum in little falls, new jersey. tributes have been pouring in at statue outside the museum. today the family will likely lay out funeral plans. yogi will be laid to rest next to his wife in east hanover, new jersey. >> he's never been the same since carmen died, his wife, which is, what, about two years ago. he loved her so much. they'd been together forever. he loved her more than baseball. >> it's obviously a sad day but a day to celebrate 90 extraordinary years. >> the empire state building also paid tribute to yogi. it was lit up in yankee pinstripes to honor the man that rose to fame in baseball but transcended the sport. >> really did. wonderful careers, both before he played baseball as a soldier, a sailor in the navy, as a player and afterwards. >> 6:19.
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up next, an interview with mayor de blasio on the challenges of pope francis' visit to the united states.
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welcome back. 61 degrees. looking at the tappan zee bridge. we're less than 11 hours away from pope francis' visit. this has prompted security more thanes and excitement like the city has never seen. >> joining us live from the
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upper east side is mayor bill de blasio. >> thank you for joining us. we want to ask you, we know there's going to be a huge police presence. you have a very powerful security plan in place. my question is, though, the pope loves to interact with people, and it seems like every event and every location is a closed, ticketed event. we're wondering, will as many new yorkers have access to him? >> well, tens of thousands of new yorkers will get a chance to see pope francis in central park. we have a wonderful procession we've organized. we expect about 80,000 people. there will be a lot of other points around the city where people will have a chance to see him. i think the enthusiasm, the energy is amazing because of what this pope stands for, because he's such an inspiring figure in the world. we're going to protect him for sure. we have extraordinary security apparatus in place. but we know he can be spontaneous. we wouldn't be surprised if he wants to connect with people in the crowd at any given point. we'll be ready for that and be ready to protect him.
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spoke forcefully about taking care of the most vulnerable in our society. it comes at a time when we have a debate about this here in new york city. do you think his presence will change the nature of that debate when it comes to enforcement versus hope and building communities? >> i do. i do. i was with cardinal dolan yesterday. we announced an initiative with the archdiocese of new york to provide help for homeless people, to give them a positive option called a safe haven to come into. we're going to work with the archdiocese and with churches all over the city and with all faiths, really, with houses of worship in all faiths to help get homeless folks off the street to give them a better opportunity. this is inspired by pope francis. i think people all over the city are listening to his holiness' message of inclusion, of respect for our common humanity. i think his message is going to change this city and this country. i think it's already begun to over the last few years.
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i think what people in this city arore going to feel is a real sense of inspiration to work more closely together, to recognize a common humanity of all, including people who have had a tough time in life or have lost their way. >> mr. mayor, going back to the security issues, we understand that the nypd was told off-duty officers should leave their guns home, and the pba has spoken out against that order. is that, in fact, the case? can you tell us why? >> i couldn't hear your question well enough about the specific instructions. say it again. >> we were told that the nypd off-duty officers have been asked to leave their guns home if they're attending payal events. usually they're able to carry their firearms. is that true, and can you tell us why? >> i'll let the nypd speak to the specifics, but the broad approach we take every day to protecting people is in place. obviously we are experts here in the city in protecting foreign dignitaries. the nypd is working closely with
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the secret service and fbi. i think this will be a bigger version of what we normally do when it's u.n. week. nypd is using its normal effective protocol. >> all right. mr. mayor, we know you have a very busy day ahead of yourself. you're going to get to meet the pope. we're very excited for you and for our city. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> all right. well, mayor de blasio speaking with us this morning. we appreciate that.
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now at 6:30, counting down to the papal visit. pope francis will be in new york in less than 11 hours. >> we want to show you some live pictures from the upper east side. you can see security, new street closures in effect. we'll have live team coverage with everything you need to nose this morning. "today in new york" starts now. well, good morning, everybody. 6:30 on this thursday, september 24th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chrissy cimino cimino, looking at the weather for today. >> picture-perfect weather for the pope's arrival. in great shape. temperatures starting out in the
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in the 50s in the suburbs. down to 41 in morristown and sussex. the northern half of new jersey on the chilly side. by afternoon, look at this. back to sunshine again and a high temperature of 81 degrees. pleasant weather. let's see if the commute is still relatively pleasant. >> lots of cars on the roads. we have a cup accidents i want to get to. one of them in connecticut. southbound on the merritt parkway, exit 49. that's in the left lane. delays are pretty heavy. they go back a couple exits. heading to the sprain brook delays are building. southbound still moving along okay. you might want to head to one of this morning. i just got word of delays on northbound b and q trains. otherwise, the rails are the way to go today. they are all running on or close to schedule. back to you. >> all right, lauren. thanks very much. now to the latest on pope francis' historic visit here to the u.s. we're now less than 11 hours away from his arrival in new
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so is security across the city. we have a team of reporters covering every angle of the pope's visit. we begin with katherine creag on the upper east side. >> reporter: this should be really the safest place in new york city right now. this is where pope francis will be staying. we've heard from mayor de blasio, commissioner bratton, that this should be an exciting time. 5:00 in the afternoon. we have a timeline of when he is going to get to certain places. 5:00 in the afternoon the pope arrives at kennedy. 200 people will be there, including catholic school children and clergy. the pope will travel by helicopter, arriving at the wall street heliport at 5:55 p.m. he'll be at st. patrick's cathedral around 6:30 for evening prayers. the pope is scheduled to depart st. patrick's cathedral 7:45 in the evening and travel here where we are to the upper east side where he'll stay for were
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all over manhattan there's so much security in place because the pope is covering so much ground through saturday morning. we saw police commissioner bratton during a security walk through at st. patrick's cathedral on the upper east side. we talked with a gentleman earlier today. he's surprised by the amount of security already in place as he tried to deliver newspapers. take a listen. >> i walked from park avenue all the way to building four. >> and you didn't expect it to be close like this? >> no, huh-uh. >> reporter: and what we're learni from some of the nypd officials here on the ground, madison avenue, east 72nd street, there will be no tent extending from the street to the front door. there was a tent when pope benedict was here in 2008, but there will not be a tent when pope francis is here. i'm being told that he wants to be seen. people will be gathering here. he wants to be seen by them and perhaps he'll wave to them. perhaps he'll shake hands with them. the crowd is expected to gather here. back to you. >> and i'm sure it's going to be
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a large crowd. kat, thanks so much. people across the city certainly eager for any chance they'll have to see pope francis live in person. >> lori bordonaro is live in midtown right now. good morning. >> reporter: darlene and michael, fifth avenue here just reopened to traffic. it will remain open through the morning rush until about 10:00. as kat also said, security is tight here as well. take a look. there's a lot of barriers set up here as well as that eight-foot fence. that is set up along the perimeter along fifth avenue here near st. patrick's cathedral. the pope will be holding mass here at 6:45 tonight. thousands of people expected to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the holy father. many of the streets here will be closed not just for cars but for pedestrians as well. traffic there will be limited. we spoke to a cab driver a little earlier who told me he just can't be bothered going to
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here's what he told us. >> i'm almost at the end of my shift. so i'm happy about that, you know. >> happy about that. are you worried for the next two days driving? >> i'm probably going to take the two days off. too much stress. i don't need it. >> reporter: we also spoke to some other people walking to work a little earlier. they told us it's not so bad right now getting around, but they're a little bit unsure later how they'll navigate. again, they say it's all worth it. again, the pope coming to town and everybody here very, very excited to see him. back to you. >> all right, lori. thank you so much. as we see security tighten around the city, many commuters are growing anxious about how the papal visit will impact them. >> tracie strahan is live at penn station with a look. as bad as it might be today, tomorrow with the mass in madison square garden, it might be worse. >> reporter: and it's already on everybody's minds around here, but volume is really the word of the day today. we're not seeing nearly the
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amount of people we usually uld, especially in the heart of the rush. i want you to look at the taxi stand we always see when we come to penn station. not one yellow cab to be found. there's certainly a line here. just some of the changes that are coming as a result of the papal visit. there was actually a report done on transportation by nyu on what to expect during the papal visit. it says to expect more congestion around penn station, specifically during friday's mass at madison square garden. despite the extra trains being added by the lirr, new jersey transit and the subway, they're telling everyone to prepare for long waits. the sporadic shutdowns of staircases and entrances, that's all on the horizon. we just spoke to some commuters who think riders so far appear to have gotten the memo. >> it's very light. but it was like yesterday. so i don't know if it's because of the holidays or whatever. i'm not concerned. i think everything is going to work out tomorrow. >> it's going to be horrible. i mean, i've seen when they've
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this is probably twice as bad. >> reporter: we've already seen some nypd around patrolling penn station at this early hour. the blockades are already out, but they haven't been put in place. the street will be shut down come midnight. there are going to be a couple of entrances to penn station open for commuters tomorrow. that's why they're saying congestion is certainly going to be an issue in the next 48 hours. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you very much. >> bringing that new york attitude, chris. it's the papal visit, lauren, it's going to be horrible. >> but not as bad as the last time. >> he's pretty much saying what everybody's thinking. well, hopefully it won't be that bad, but let's prepare and plan ahead and it won't be so bad. things to note for today. street closures already out there for the u.n. general assembly. commissioner bratton was talking about how you're going to see a lot of dignitaries moving around town as well. you might be like, why is this street closed? it might have to do with the pope. just be prepared for road
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fdr drive, sporadic closures. midtown. the streets are open right now. they'll remain open until 10:00 a.m. all of these streets will shut down again come 10:00 a.m. and we'll add madison avenue in there at about 2:00 p.m. not a great place to be. definitely avoid midtown. we can head over to the buses. a lot of detours out there from the m-1 to m-5, m-15, m-34, m-42, and m-50. all buss are still operating. they're not canceled. just on detour. ferries are a great alternate option. new york waterway is saying to expect delays this afternoon on the east river ferry. otherwise, everything should be running along pretty nicely on the water. back to you. >> all right, lauren. thank you. before pope francis comes here to new york, he has an important and history making day ahead in washington. the papal visit to the nation's
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today he addresses congress. president obama and vice president joe biden plan to be there. everyone's prepared for him to touch on some controversial issues. then the pope plans to dine with washington's homeless. observers say this kiss could be a sign of one topic pope francis will be willing to talk to lawmakers about. she's the daughter of undocumented immigrants who came to the united states from mexico, and she had an important message for the pope. >> legalizing my parents because every day i am scared that one day they will take them away from me. >> oh, my gosh. >> sophie's father lifted her over security barriers. she caught the holy father's attention. he motioned to her to come and see him. sophie gave the pope a letter, and as you heard her there, it asked that her parents not be deported. to think that a 5-year-old girl would have to write such a letter, it shows you the personalities involved here. >> and this is the state of our country today with so many people having this issue.
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he's very warm and engaging. he really does try to reach out and touch as many people as possible. >> and they try to accommodate him security-wise with that. >> they do. all right. it's 6:39. students at an east harlem school put their finishing touches on a performance for the pope. >> a dress rehearsal was held at our lady queen of angels school. 24 kids selected from across the diocese will meet with the holy father there tomorrow. they've spent weeks getting ready. they'll sing a song to pope francis, then they'll present him with a spiritual bouquet made up of messages from thousands of students who can't be there in person. >> i think it's an honor for me to get to give a book to pope francis and to be able to represent all the schools in the archdiocese of new york. >> the students will likely be speaking to the holy father about the environment and how they're learning to care for it. and we are will have live coverage of today's papal events on air and online if you can't get to a tv or computer. you can still watch any time and
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just download the nbc 4 new york app. but now we do want to get to breaking news in the bronx. chopper 4 is over the scene of a water main break. >> michael and darlene, good morning. some problems here in the bronx this morning. live pictures from chopper 4 over 99 featherbed lane in the morris heights section. you can see the scene of a water main break. the water flowing out of the ground. they're trying to get the water turned off. you can see it is partially flooding the streets. does not look like any of these buildings or businesses have been flooded. very good news for them and for commuters on the cross bronx expressway. just a welcome away, you can see traffic moving in both directions. if some of that water were to leak out on to that road, it would be a different story. so right now looks like the water is draining off, but still water coming out of the ground. we'll continue to keep you up to date. back over to you. >> all right. thanks very muff
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up next, will the weather cooperate for the papal visit? >> it better. 40s and 50s in the suburbs. jackets needed north and west. we climb into the 70s once again to near 80 degrees with a full day of sunshine. the rest of the forecast and your weekend outlook, all the news and traffic you need to
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welcome back. 6:44. time to check weather and traffic on the 4s. papal weather, better live up to expectations. >> oh, indeed. i don't want to be punished for anything. not that i have anything to do with this. that's for sure. looks like the pope has everything in good order in terms of weather over the next couple days. beautiful looking morning. nice start out there. we'll have sunshine. just a few high clouds occasionally mixing in. that's going to be about it. starting out on the chilly side. right now in the city, 61 degrees. the burbs are a little chillier. anticipating a quick rebound once the sun comes up in terms of those temperatures. we are looking at temperatures that are going to start in the
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and near 80 before the day is through. pope's visit will be dry and comfortable. that's for sure. not only today but tomorrow. gets a little breezy tomorrow. windy at times over the weekend. it stays dry. we have been well above normal. leading the pack so far for the warmest september on record in central park. a few days today. average temperature just shy of 76 degrees. next closest was 73.5 in 1961. it looks like for the most part these temperatures in the long-range forecast, warm weather, above-normal temperatures, well above normal anticipated in the northeast once again. below average rainfall. so the dry but warm pattern likely to continue. we're in the 50s through most of long island. a couple 60s. 61 in the park. 58 in white plains. sussex, 43. hewitt slipped to 41 earlier this morning. long brampbl nch, a chilly 52 degrees. for the pope's visit, first stop, st. patrick's. as we go through the day tomorrow, starting out in the
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morning. at the u.n., about 64. we mix in a few more clouds tomorrow. midday at the 9/11 memorial, about 70 degrees. into the evening hours, 4:00 in east harlem, 74. where most of the people will be found trying to catch a glimpse of the pope is central park at 5:00. very comfortable conditions. just a bit of a breeze. white sox in town against the yanks. cool breeze around. nice night for a ball game. meantime, windy it will be here up against the coast in particular this weekend. the rain will stay offshore. next week we start to see those temperatures bounce back again, believe it or not. 81 today with sunshine. 75 tomorrow. just a few more clouds in the mix. bit of a breeze. then i 's windy, variably cloudy skies saturday, sunday, and monday. in the low 70s but back around 80 and warmer come tuesday and wednesday of next week. a little after 6:47. let's find out about the commute. >> we have a bunch of accidents, some new ones that just popped up. one of them on the merritt parkway southbound by exit 49 in the left lane.
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causing delays back to at least exit 52. heading over to the sprain brook parkway northbound out before route 100. a serious accident blocking a lane. heavy delays here. also an accident on the l.i.e. eastbound -- actually westbound by the cross island, there's a disabled vehicle in the right lane. you can see delays go back a few exits here as well. an on authorized tractor trailer struck and overpass on the belt parkway. heading to new jersey a decent commute with the exception of route 3 eastbound at ridge road. an accident just came in there. if you're wondering about all of the street closures, we have all of them for you at nbcnewyork.com in detail. there's a breakdmwn of what time everything will be closed. of course, it's going to be a rough ride today. alternate side of the street rking rule yare suspended. back to you. >> lauren, thank you very much. 6:48 now. happening today, ten more suspects due in court in
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of a baruch college student. chunk mike chun michael deng died two years ago. ten are due in court today. police plan to arrest 37 men in all. as new york city gears up for the pope's arrival, there's a new effort to help the homeless. mayor de blasio and cardinal doeclan announced the archdiocese ll house up to 150,000 homeless people. it's part of a bigger initiative called opening doors. it encourages religious leaders to provide safe haven beds for those who need them. mayor de blasio talked about it when he joined us live earlier this morning. >> we are going to work with the archdiocese and with churches all over the city and with all faiths, really, with houses of worship of all faiths to help get homeless folks off the street to give them a better opportunity. this is inspired by pope francis. >> the beds will be at archdiocese's own facilities
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welcome back. 61 degrees out. live look there from the top of the rock. "today" show coming up in a few minutes. savannah joins us li from washingtonmohis mofg wi a ok ahead. such a big day there in our nation's capital, savannah. >> good morning to you guys. it's a beautiful morning here. we're going to get you ready for another historic day on the pope's visit to america. he's heading here to capitol hill. we'll tell you what we expect to hear from him during his first ever papal speech to e tgeess. of course, we'll bring that to you live. plus, we'll also introduce you to the mth by the pope's side throughout his stay. some are calling him the mini pope. when we see you here on "today," michael. so the mini pope is a name that's already taken. >> i wanted that one. >> sorry.
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we're going to yaur to think of a different one. >> thanks, savannah. >> and i'm not calling you -- >>r mini pope. >> savannah, thank you so much. you have a big day ahead of you. >> see you in a bi >> we'll bo right back with a look at how the papal visit is impacting the commute. a big impact already this morning.
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welcome back. now to the latest on the papal visit.
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we're about ten hours awas from pope francis' arrival here in new york city. our teaescoverageipegins be katherine creag on the upper east side. >> reporter: just a moment ago, yi saw some security officers on the rooftops here of the high rises. they are here, many of them, dozens of security officers on the ground as well and resuming into the residence where pope francis will be staying. at 5:00 this afternoon, that's when he arrives. the pope arriving at kennedy airport. then via helicopter, he'll arrive at the wall street heliport. 5:55 p.m. st. patr k's cathedral around 6:30, 6:45 for evening prayers. 7:45 he'll depart the cathedral. back to you, darlene and michael. >> all right, katherine. thank you. now to lori bordonaro in midtown where security is tight this morning. >> rep pter:fand darlene, right now fifth avenue is moving at least for the next three hours, until the pope arrives. then it will be shut down. again, he'll be here a tot st. patrick's cathedral for 6:45 mass.
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thousands of people are expected to come out and see him. security here tight as it is around the city. barriers have been set up along fifth avenue as well as an eight-foot fence here. lots of officers, lots of canines. security measures to keep everyone safe for the pope's arrival. >> and now tracie strahan at penn station with a look at how commuters ar e impacted. >> reporter: believe it or not, a lighter volume than usual at this hour. riders are still standing by for a crowded commute, even slowdowns as a result of the papal visit. there was a study conducted that found that mass transit is still the way to go duringpal visit. it says penn station should be able to handle a spike in ridership. we did see police officers patrolling the area as a result of everything happening. of course, lirr, new jersey transit, and the subway adding more trains tomorrow. there are going to be two entrances open during the papal mass tomorrow. again, guys, so far so good.
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back to you. >> all right, tracie strahan. thank you. >> let's check in with lauren. so much going on. >> no major problems outside of the city. we have one accident out there i want you to know about on the belt parkway eastbound by pay parkway. an unauthorized tractor trailer struck an overpass. like lori just showed us, fifth avenue is open in midtown but will shut down again from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. first avenue is shut down with the u.n. general assembly. take the trains today. they're all running on or close to schedule. >> thanks, lauren. chris, one more check of the weather. >> cooperation from the weather. that's good news. not only today but tomorrow as well. warming up nicely after a cool start today. 81 this afternoon. 63 the low tonight. 50s in the suburbs. mid-70s tomorrow with a few more clouds. bit of a breeze. should be fine. very comfortable. a bit windy over the weekend with more clouds in the picture both saturday and sunday. looks like the rain stays away. low 70s.
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pretty much the same on monday as well. for tuesday and wednesday, we're back to sunshine and back to another warming trend with temperatures heading closer to the 80-degree mark. no rain to worry about. no real consequence from the weather. should be very nice for everyone. >> good news. all right, chris. thank you. well, we'll have live coverage of today's papal events on air and online. if you can't get to a tv or computer, you can still watch any time and from anywhere. just download the nbc 4 new york app. >> and the "today" show is coming up next. >> that's what's happening today in new york. good morning. history on the hill. the first pope ever to address congress. francis is set to arrive at the u.s. capitol this morning, after an unforgettable first day and night in the nation's capital. his message to washington to the faithful and to all americans today, thursday,
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september 24th, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," pope francis in america, with matt lauer, live from st. patrick's cathedral, and savannah guthrie, live from capitol hill. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to a special split edition of "today." i'm savannah guthrie, live on capitol hill. matt, i know you're in new york. you're at st. patrick's t cathedral. you were in washington yesterday and said it was a beautiful day. it's not a competition between us, but let me show you the sunrise we have this morning over the capitol. majestic. it feels like god himself has kissed this day. >> i see you a sunrise and raise you st. patrick's cathedral in all her glory, just renovated over the course of three years. it is beautiful. the pope will arrive here a
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little later today. savannah, yes, the sunrise was beautiful, by timothy cardinal dolan said he got the scaffolding off before, right? >> yes. >> he'll be hosting the pope in this city later on, savannah. >> the pope arrived back at his d.c. residence 7:15 last night. it was a full day. this morning, he'll leave for capitol hill at 9:00 a.m. he is expected to arrive on the hill about 9:15 in the morning. he'll meet briefly with a small group of lawmakers before he becomes the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of congress. after that address, he will visit with residents of a catholic charity center, matt. >> then it is wheels up for new york city. he's expected to land at jfk around 5:00 this afternoon. he'll wrap up the day with evening prayers at st. patrick's cathedral.
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as you might imagine, savannah, security is already tight. some roads have been blocked off, barricades are up. a massive presence of uni rm officers are in place. it'll be a difficult day to move around the city, but well worth it. >> absolutely. same situation here at the capitol. we have so much to get to. it's all live. we have an interview with cardinal coal dolan ahead. peter alexander is with the crowds gathering to see the pope on the east side of the capitol. >> reporter: good morning. hours away before they get their chance to see pope francis. we'll spend hour on two hours on capitol hill. he'll speak before the house and senate. he'll visit privately with congressional leaders before he walks out to the speakers balcony. this will be his view, looking at more than 50,000 people who got tickets for today's event.
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outside for their chance to hear pope francis' second day of his u.s. tour. >> reporter: it's a history-making morning on capitol hill, as francis is the first pope to address congress, in what is expected to be a 30-minute speech delivered in english. he'll be introduced by the house sergeant at arm, as the pope of the holy see. unlike these scenes with lawmakers competing to shake the president's hands, congressional asked members to be in their best behavior, refraining from conversations and handshakes along and down the center aisle. the pontiff spent his first day tackling hot-button issues on the left and right, applauding president obama on climate change and wading into the debate of immigration. >> as the son of an immigrant
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